Sri Lanka & Maldives

Best time to go: All Year
Best for: Honeymoons, Culture & Beach, Cultural & Immersive

Someone once asked us what made Sri Lanka and the Maldives such a great combination; we answered that it is like sipping a Gin & Tonic when mixed you mix the two, it is so utterly refreshing. It is perfect for a two-week winter sun escape, a honeymoon or even a family holiday. Although it is better in the winter months, the itinerary can easily be adapted in the summer when the north of Sri Lanka is best (the south coast gets hit by the monsoon).

We can tailor the itinerary totally around what you want to do, and your particular interests, maybe spending longer in Sri Lanka, for instance. This suggested itinerary is simply a perfect mixture of culture, adventure and beach. Although the Maldives is wonderful if you spend your entire time there, it is a little bit too much, so you need a week or so of something more immersive, and Sri Lanka is the perfect addition. As we said, together they are like an utterly refreshing G&T. Sit back, smile and let the magical experience unfold.

Begin in Colombo, where we definitely suggest a night close to the airport after you arrive from a long flight. Stay in the stunning Horathapola Estate or the Wallawwa. The next day, your private driver will meet you and take you to the Cultural Triangle. Here, you get your culture-fix. Climb the stunning Sigiriya Rock, and rediscover your inner-Indiana Jones at the ancient lost city of Pollonnaruwa. Delve into the caves of Dambulla to see full-size Buddhas on display. You then turn south, stopping in Kandy to explore the Temple of the Tooth. You will then spend three nights in the Hill Country. This stunningly beautiful corner of Sri Lanka is home to verdant tea plantations and wonderful views. Spend your days walking, or just looking out at the view, tea (or something stronger) in hand.

Return to Colombo for the short one-hour flight to the Maldives. We can offer a whole host of resorts in the Maldives, depending on your budget and particular requirements. This could be an all-inclusive resort, a resort with amazing over-water villas or an island that gives you that perfect barefoot retreat.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • £2705 - £3900
    Silver Gold
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.


    • Spend a week in Sri Lanka followed by five days, or more, in the Maldives
    • Have a private driver/guide in Sri Lanka giving you flexibility to explore
    • Explore the Ancient Cities, the Buddhist caves of Dambulla, see wildlife in Minneriya National Park, take walks through the Tea Plantations
    • Kick-back on the amazing beaches of the Maldives

    Day 2-4

    Gold: Ulagalla
    Silver: Wildgrass

    Day 9-13

    Gold: Baros
    Silver: Velassaru
    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1 Negombo Horathapola Estate The Wallawwa
    Day 2-4 Cultural Triangle Wildgrass Ulagalla
    Day 5-7 Hill Country Rosyth Estate House Ceylon Tea Trails
    Day 9-13 Maldives Velassaru Baros

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1

    Horathapola Estate

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    Horathapola Estate is an original planter’s bungalow, an hour inland from Colombo and the airport making it a perfect first or last stop on a tour of Sri Lanka.

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    Day 1

    The Wallawwa

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    The Wallawwa is a beautiful boutique property with wonderful service set in stunning gardens, ideal for the beginning or end of your trip.

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    Day 2-4


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    Wildgrass is located in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle allowing you to both reconnect with nature at this eco resort and explore Sri Lanka’s ancient cities.

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    Day 2-4


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    Ulagalla is the most unique and luxurious property in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, sitting mid-way between the main sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

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    Day 5-7
    Rosyth Estate, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

    Rosyth Estate House

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Rosyth Estate is a beautifully refurbished original planter’s bungalow set on a working tea and rubber estate in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country.

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    Day 5-7

    Ceylon Tea Trails

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    Staying in one of the five Ceylon Tea Trails plantation houses is the most luxurious way to experience Sri Lanka’s hill country. In many ways, a stay at Tea Trails is the highlight of any tour of Sri Lanka. You can expect the most amazing service, cuisine and a chance to stretch your legs and …

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    Day 9-13
    Velassaru, Maldives | Luxury Resort | Millis Potter Travel


    $ $ $ $ $  

    Velassaru is a luxury Maldives resort located in the South Male Atoll, just a speedboat ride away from the airport and has a contemporary and elegant style. From £1,570 per person based on 7 nights on a B&B basis including flights.

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    Day 9-13
    Baros Maldives_Aerial View_HR (3)


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    Sophisticated, elegant and simply sublime, Baros is a picture-perfect luxury resort in the Maldives offering both beach and over-water villas in salubrious surroundings. Prices from £2,275 per person for 7 nights on a B&B Basis, including flights.

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    Customise Your Itinerary

    We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

    Idea 1

    If you have time, it might be worth actually staying a night or two in Kandy on the way from the Cultural Triangle to the Hill Country. If you do this, you can then take the train through the plantations.

    Idea 2

    You can of course extend your time in Sri Lanka and visit the south coast and explore Galle. There is a flight from the Tea Country to Koggala, just outside of Galle.

    Idea 3

    There are countless resorts in the Maldives, and these are only suggestions. We can offer a whole range of options and it will be worth discussing which resort is perfect for you.

    Idea 4

    Flights generally go via the Middle East, so why not have a stop-over in Dubai on the way to Sri Lanka or back from the Maldives?

    Idea 5

    If you want to add a little more wildlife into the itinerary, why not include Wilpattu National Park, close to the Cultural Triangle.

    Idea 6

    You might want some more off-the-beaten track experiences, and there are a couple of places, such as the Mudhouse, which do this perfectly. You then have a great blend of highlights, and more cultural experiences in the itinerary.